Charitable Giving Planning in Trusts and Estates, Part 1



  • Available Until 4/8/2022
  • Next Class Time 11:00 AM MT
  • Duration 60 min.
  • Format MP3 Download
  • Program Code 07302020
  • MCLE Credits 1 hour(s)

Course Price: $89.00


Charitable giving can be a major portion of clients’ trust estate planning and introduce substantial complexity. Charitable giving may be motivated less by a desire for tax savings and more by a desire to have an impact on a specific charity or a community.  Clients may also want to retain some measure of control during their lifetimes over the property they are donating and retain income from the property.Though there is a vast array of vehicles and planning techniques to achieve these goals, working through the alternatives is daunting.  This program will provide you with a practical guide to the range of charitable giving vehicles, planning techniques to achieve client goals, tax and non-tax tradeoffs, and integrating charitable giving with overall estate plans.

Day 1:

  • Charitable giving vehicles and techniques & advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Integrating charitable giving into overall estate plans
  • Use of Charitable Remainder Trusts and Charitable Lead Trusts to achieve client goals
  • Donating life insurance policies and proceeds and related trust issues
  • How to restructure restricted charitable gifts
  • Tax pitfalls of charitable giving
  • Post-mortem charitable giving techniques


Day 2:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of using private foundations, supporting organizations, and donor-advised funds
  • Structuring funds to provide maximum flexibility to the endowment and satisfy donor demands for control
  • Donating illiquid and difficult-to-value assets to charity – real estate, interests in closely held businesses, works of art
  • Review of faith-based giving initiatives and related legal issues



Blanche Lark Christerson is a wealth planning consultant who works clients and their advisors to help develop estate, gift, tax, and wealth transfer planning strategies.  She was for 22 years, a managing director at Deutsche Bank Wealth Management.  She was also a vice president in the estate planning department of U.S. Trust Company and practiced law with Weil, Gotshal& Manges in New York City. She is the author of the monthly newsletter “Tax Topics."  Ms. Christerson received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, her J.D. from New York Law School and her LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.